Welcome to 2020! New year, a new decade and new promises. When it comes to new year resolutions, they’re normally focused on setting new goals to be healthier, spending more time with family or are career oriented. Most people don’t have resolutions that focus on improving their overall hygiene practices (so disappointing)! Your oral health is an important factor contributing to your overall wellness, and the start of a new year is a great time to create resolutions for improving your dental care. Here are six realistic and easy to achieve new year’s resolutions to help you get started on improving your dental hygiene for the new year.

Brushing and Flossing

The key to effective oral hygiene is establishing a proper routine with the use of the right toothbrush and flossing daily. Brushing and flossing your teeth is so important however it’s something that can easily be neglected when not practised daily. Protecting your gums is of utmost importance. Not cleaning thoroughly can increase the risk of gum disease and other oral infections. Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day will remove any bacteria and plaque on your enamel, as well as reaching in between places that a toothbrush can’t remove excess bacteria. Don’t forget to brush your tongue! Your tongue is another bacteria breeding frenzy. Brushing your tongue for at least 12 seconds will get rid of bacteria buildup and save you from awkward bad breath encounters.

Avoid Certain Foods & Drinks

Maybe one of your new year's resolutions is to start incorporating healthier foods into your diet. If so, you’re already one step in the right direction in helping to improve your dental health by including mouth-healthy foods. Dairy products and fibrous foods have been proven to strengthen your tooth enamel. Limit your consumption of sugary foods and drinks to prevent tooth decay and cavities. Staying away from these can be difficult however if you still want to consume these foods, make sure to brush your teeth afterwards! It’ll save you from an irritating cavity.

Routine Dental Visits

Scheduling your routine visits for 2020 may help detect oral disease in its early stage and prevent oral bacterial infections. Visiting your dentist twice a year for thorough hygiene cleaning is vital for monitoring any oral cavities, overall oral health condition and creating any treatment plans to meet your wants and needs. If you are worried and automatically have fear from coming into the dentist, don’t worry you’re not alone! We take special care of our patients to ensure your dental experience is a good one and to overcome the anxiety of visiting a dental practice.

Straightening Your Teeth

One of your new year's resolutions could be to finally correct an abnormal bite caused by teeth crowding, an injury, thumb sucking or crooked teeth. Dental braces are a great device used in orthodontics to help improve a person’s dental health by aligning and straightening teeth in the correct position. We offer traditional orthodontic treatments for effective treatments for functional purposes. We also offer Lingual braces which incorporate all of the benefits of traditional braces without being visible. Which orthodontic method is right for you depends on your preference of treatment for aesthetic or functional purposes. Get in contact with us today to discuss your future orthodontic plans and discuss which treatment is tailored towards you best. 

Improving your dental health for 2020 starts today! Following these steps will assist you in establishing good oral health resolutions for you and your family. For any further oral enquiries regarding orthodontics or improving your dental care please get in touch with us today.